Finally we get a climpse at the costumes of Aladdin The New Musical in their Toronto Pre-Broadway run of Aladdin. Disney theaterical productions released a number of images showing Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. It looks like the costumes are almost the same as the Seattle test run a few years ago. I do notice that Aladdin lost it’s fez and the pattern on his jacket is different. Genie’s costume underwent some minor pattern changes as well.
The show will be at the Mirvish Theater in Toronto for another 1 and a half months. They play their last show on January 5, 2014. The cast includes Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine and James Monroe Iglehart as Genie.
From Cartoon Brew comes the news that former Disney animator Aaron Blaise as part of the animation studio Premise Art re-teamed with a couple of his former Disney colleagues to animate in the traditional pencil and paper way again after almost a decade. In his early career at Disney feature animation Aaron worked as lead character designer of Rajah and animator of Jasmine later he directed Brother Bear one of Disney’s last traditional animated feature films
British department store John Lewis has released an ambitious annual Christmas advertisement, a £1 million hand-drawn spot with stop motion backgrounds called The Bear and the Hare. The piece was directed by Yves Geleyn and Elliot Dear through Hornet/Blinkink.
The hand-drawn character animation was created by two veterans of Disney’s former animation studio in Orlando: Dominic Carola who runs Premise Entertainment and Aaron Blaise who gained plenty of experience drawing bears when he co-directed Brother Bear. Aaron offered some details to Cartoon Brew about the project
As you probably know Alan Menken is has been THE music composer for Disney feature film music and Disney musical adaptations of some of those films for over 3 decades. The Hungarian Norbert Varga made an amazing compilation of Menken’s film tracks in one-hour mix. Check out his website dreamport to download the full hour long version. Or watch and listen the 9 minute trailer below.
The promotional ball has started to roll for the Aladdin Musical. Mirvish Productions interviewed the key people behind Aladdin The New Musical that has a pre-Broadway run at their theatre from November 1, 2013 till January 2014. The clip shows rehearsals between the on-screen interviews with Composer Alan Menken, Writer/Lyricist Chad Beguelin, Director/Choreographer Casey Nicholaw and President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Thomas Schumacher.